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    Hey guys ive been a iv meth user for 4 years now and in the past i have shared needles with multiple people ( i know i was stupid aha) but ive been considering having a hep c test i havent had one before so ive got a couple questions.

    Should i get tested ? im like 99% sure im gonna get tested but would i have very noticiable symptoms yet or could i have it without noticing? the times i shared needles were 3 and 3 1/2 years ago. and have you any of you been tested ? sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, as ive not long ago joined bluelight.

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    If you have shared syringes with other people then I think you should have a comprehensive blood test. I don't know much about hep C, but I am sure there are infections you can pass from sharing syringes which might not show symptoms right away. Using drugs every day can mask symptoms as well. I can't see a single good reason for you not to get tested ASAP.
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    Yeah definitely thanks for the advice im going to book myself an appointment to the docs for sure.
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    Yes you should get tested, and yes you could well have hep c and not be noticing any symptoms whatsoever. It can take years for symptoms to show up. Hep C can be cured sometimes now so you really should get tested.

    Ideally while you're at it you should get tested for HIV too. It's less likely that you'll have it compared to hep c. You might well have neither, but of the two hep c is more likely. As you likely know, hiv can't be cured. But it can be treated pretty effectively these days. You could have it and not be showing symptoms for that too.

    I say get tested for both. I've been tested for both many times. All that's involved is them taking some of your blood. Then a few weeks later you'll have to go in to get the results.
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    Yeah Seriously it's a no brainer get tested. It's super easy to do, all GPs have pathology labs close by, so it's just a quick appointment with any random bulk billing Doctor to receive a pathology slip and once your blood sample has been taken it's a 7 day wait to go back to the doctor to get the results. You need to go back to the Doctor in person to get the results, they won't tell you over the phone.

    If positive to hep C lay off the alcohol and get a referral to liver specialist ASAP. As others mentioned you can be Hep C positive and have no noticeable symptoms for decades until the day you get feelings of extreme pain in your low abdominal region of your body and out of nowhere with no real warning you develop a form of liver cancer like fatty liver leading to Cirrhosis of the liver. It may be 20 years from time of first infection of the Hep C from IV use till the damage to your liver is life threatening but all that is completely avoidable if blood tests for liver function are done regularly and scans of your low abdominal region are done to observe the health of your liver.

    It's 2018 not 1998 plenty of Hep C treatment options available in Australian hospitals. I believe Hep C treatments in AUS are on the PBS covered by medicare so the out of pocket cost is small. Count your lucky stars you live in Australia with it's tax payer funded health care system cos Meth_headAussieIV the true cost of hep c treatment is incredibly expensive and if you were in America without employer funded medical insurance coverage you would have to cough up the big bucks and pay the full cost of hep c treatment.

    And for the love of god Meth_headAussieIV get more organised in having a ready supply of works so you never need to share a needle again, google needle exchanges for where you live or at the very least find a chemist in your home suburb who sells fresh n new clean fits.

    Seeing as you have shared needles in the past the GP will have the pathology run a HIV test and what JessFR said is spot on " hiv can't be cured. But it can be treated pretty effectively these days. You could have it and not be showing symptoms for that too."

    It's probably worth while you are visiting a medical clinic having the GP instructing the pathology lab to test the level of your liver function as well as check for kidney disease because heavy use of meth can affect how healthy your liver and kidneys work regardless of blood borne virus being present or not. I would also ask to be tested for STDs.
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    boku_ Cheers for the advice man and im gonna book in for some blood tests and stuff this week, and yea man I know its very stupid to share fits the few times I did share I was 15 turning 16 at the time so I was young and stupid, im now 20 years old and much smarter,cleaner and safer. I always use new fits thes days and I dont use a fit more than once my veins are a lot more happy for it too as I used to use the shit out of my fits when I was younger up to 3 times re use which is fucking stupid. and that is soo bad for your veins aha. And yea no excuse for using dirty/blunt ones man as Ive got 2 needle exchanges near me we are very lucky here in Australia with the access we have to black boxes ( box with fits,sterile water, alcohol swabs etc also known as fit pack). I always pick up 3-4 boxes when I got to my exchange so I always have freshies nowa days. im getting tested asap as Ive left it way too long to be tested years which is stupid on my part.

    cheers mate and thanks for your comment )
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